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December 2, 2008
Special meeting of Planning and Growth Management Committee for the Phase One Interim Report of the City’s Sign Bylaw Project
A Special Meeting of the Planning and Growth Management Committee to receive the information report and presentation on the City’s Sign Bylaw Project will be held on December 8 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The meeting will be held in Committee Room 1 on the second floor of Toronto City Hall. The intent of the meeting is to review issues raised through consultations, and allow for further comments and feedback from committee members, local Councillors, the public, and sign industry representatives.

Members of the public and interested parties are invited to make presentations to the committee. To register to speak, please call 416-392-5227 or e-mail by noon on Friday December 5. The information report is available on the City’s website at

The first round of consultation of the City’s Sign Bylaw Project has been successfully completed. The ideas, best practices and opportunities for change collected throughout this initial phase of consultation, carried out through the months of August, September and October have been organized into a series of key issues and options presented in the report.

The Sign Bylaw Project entails developing a new sign bylaw regulating permanent signage, including ground signs, wall signs, roof signs and billboard signs to name a few. In addition to conservation and environmental considerations, Council directed that the project also consider the potential application of a billboard or public signage tax. New technologies, such as digital projection and other electronic signs, as well as the wide spread use of vinyl materials for signs, create challenges. A thorough review is being undertaken as part of the Sign Bylaw Project and appropriate provisions will be developed to properly regulate these new technologies and materials.

A second round of public consultation sessions will be held towards the end of January across the City’s four districts. Responses and opinions from the public and interested parties will be considered. A proposed draft bylaw is expected to be completed in the first half of 2009.

For details about the Sign Bylaw Project, the special meeting of the Planning and Growth Management Committee, or to obtain a copy of the report, visit, e-mail or call 416-392-8000.

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Media contact:
Dan Mousseau, Project Manager, Sign Bylaw Project, 416-392-4236,



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